Limerick’s La Cucina joins top 100 Irish restaurant guide

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LA CUCINA in Castletroy are celebrating yet another award, this time a highly sought after inclusion in Bridgestone’s 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland 2012 guide.

LA CUCINA in Castletroy are celebrating yet another award, this time a highly sought after inclusion in Bridgestone’s 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland 2012 guide.

The multi-award winning restaurant, run by couple Bruno Coppola and Lorraine Fanneran for nearly nine years, are celebrating their inclusion as a new entry in the most recent edition of the prestigious guide, which was launched just last week.

Special praise was given to the duo by author John McKenna, who he proclaimed: “The smartest couple in Limerick food (who) never put a foot wrong”.

“They make everything as perfect as it can be. Fantastic cooking, deservedly famous,” he added.

The Limerick restaurant are the latest entry in Ireland’s top 100, joining local eateries Number One Pery Square, The River Bistro and The Wild Geese in Adare in the top Irish list.

And it doesn’t stop there, with La Cucina featuring in three of John McKenna’s ‘Top 10’ lists in the guide itself – “10 Great Him n’ Her Places”, “10 Hot Chefs” (Bruno) and in “10 Great Signature Dishes” – for their ‘Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli, Tomato Sauce’.

“We are thrilled, absolutely delighted. It is fantastic for us because it is such a small place,” said Bruno this Wednesday.

“We have limited space, we only have 18 seats out here, so it gets quite full but people come and are willing to wait for their lunch. This is great recognition for us though, there are some great places in there.”

This is not the first award La Cucina have received from Bridgestone, with the Castletroy restaurant recently honoured with the guide’s annual Megabytes restaurant of the year award - shared with Galway restaurant Kai - which was announced on New Year’s Day.

The tiny restaurant has also captured the Best Casual Dining award from the Restaurants Association of Ireland two years in a row.

“It is going very well, it is nice to see all the hard work paying off,” said Bruno, who explained that he expected the inclusion in the Bridgestone guide would bring extra custom to the already packed eatery.

“A lot of people read it and it is well established after 21 years and a lot of people listen to them, so it should have an effect,” he said.

The Bridgestone 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland 2012 guide is out now in bookshops.